In case you needed more praise for Kendrick Lamar and his debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah may have the biggest accolades yet. Via Los Angeles Review of Books:

Lamar has offered up his hymnal for a lost generation, a defense for the black family, and in his jumpy prosody, his shell-shocked sensitivities, his clipped memories, and recorded conversations, he has produced “a novel from life” that single-handedly revives the long lost, suppressed literary tradition of young, working-class black boys on fire, with pens smote in hell, telling us how they become gifted, tenderhearted, black men — something we have been missing even though no one seems to notice it.

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